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Clifford Bernier Wins the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award


Winner of the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award The Silent Art by Clifford Bernier

Gival Press is very pleased to announce that Clifford Bernier of Alexandria, Virginia, is the winner of the 12th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award-2010.

His manuscript was read anonymously and chosen by Cecilia Martinez-Gil, winner of the award for the previous year. Clifford Bernier will receive a cash award of $1000.00 and twenty copies of his book. The book is due to be released in October of this year.

Biography: Cliff Bernier is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Earth Suite, The Montserrat Review’s Best Chapbook Summer 2010 and recently nominated for a Library of Virginia award, available from Finishing Line Press; and Dark Berries, one of The Montserrat Review’s Best Books for Spring Reading 2010, available from Pudding House Publications. In January 2010 he appeared on the National Public Radio show “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress.” He has published in the Potomac Review, The Baltimore Review, the online journals Notjustair and Innisfree, and elsewhere, and is featured on a CD of poetry duets, \”Poetry in Black and White,\” as well as on two jazzpoetry CDs, \”Live at IOTA Club and Cafe\” and \”Live at Bistro Europa.\” He is anthologized in poem, home, an anthology of \”Ars Poetica.\” Bernier has been featured in readings in San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress, the Arts Club of Washington, George Washington University (where he is a member of the Washington Writer’s Collection) and the Writer\’s Center. He is founder and former host of the Washington, DC-area poetry reading series, Poesis. He has been a reader for the Washington Prize and a judge for the National Endowment for the Arts\’ Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Award.

The finalists in the contest are listed below:


Stealing Bacchus by Christopher Bursk of Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania.

Rumors of Fallible Gods by Peter Ludwin of Kent, Washington.

Rivering by Dean Kostos of New York, New York.

Tea in Heliopolis by Hedy Habra of Portage, Michigan.

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